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Tanacetum balsamita , Costmary

A herb that was introduced to England in the 16th century, Alecost has grey-green mint scented leaves that can be used to make a delicious tea or raw as a salad leaf.

Small, yellow button flowers in summer make it a pretty addition to a traditional kitchen garden or herb bed.

Culpepper's herbal mentions Alecost as a very popular herb used to treat the liver. It is also traditionally used to flavour ales (hence it's name). It was also used as an insect repellent by the Victorians who would put sachets of Alecost leaves in wardrobes to keep clothes moths at bay.

Delicious with butter and new potatoes.

Happy in any soil in sun or part shade.


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PRICE £5.00